Windows 7: The Missing Manual

Errata for Windows 7: The Missing Manual

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Version Location Description Submitted By Date Submitted Date Corrected
Printed
Page 689
next to last sentence

"Not included: your programs and Windows itself." This sentence appears to be an error in the book. On the "Set up backup" screen, under "Let Windows choose recommended)", the text states: "...Windows will also create a system image..." This, of course, includes programs and Windows itself (at least on all drives containing system files)

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 8th printing, Sep 2012.

Anonymous  Jun 20, 2012  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 844
Hardware profiles

"Nobody uses laptop docking stations anymore!" This is simply not true, I have supported the public sector ( both federal and local government agencies) and they do indeed use laptop docking stations and even port replicators. The people using them most often are Emergency responders who take their notbook with them, or scientist who do onsite inspections for evalutions or compliance. The good thing is they are less problematic than in previous versions on Windows. Bottom line: They exist and are still used.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 8th printing, Sep 2012.

Joe D  Mar 17, 2012  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 32
last paragraph

This is more in the nature of an "update", rather than "errata". Regarding CSMenu: WARNING !! If one follows the directions given in the book, one will, at the end of the process, download CSMenu_Setup_3_87.exe, which is "trialware/nagware". The author's intent appears to be fulfilled, however, if one downloads "Start Menu 7"--by the same developer--which is an even better freeware program (www.startmenu7.com). As of 25 Feb 2012, freeware version 3.88 can be downloaded from CNET/Download.com (StartMenu7_Setup_3_88_freeware.exe - 9.5MB) while (apparently) version 4.19 (StartMenu7_Setup_4_19_freeware.exe - 14.8MB) is downloadable from www.startmenu7.com.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the 8th printing, Sep 2012.

Rich Lang  Feb 27, 2012  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 820
3rd paragraph after BUYING WINDOWS 7

The book says "If you computer is currently running anything but Windows Vista you have to buy the Full version of Windows 7 ..." This is not true. Even the packaging on a W7 Upgrade version says that any version of XP or Vista qualifies for the upgrade. A clean install is necessary, but it can be done with the Upgrade version. This is a serious error if you are getting readers to pay for the Full version when they could have bought the Upgrade. I almost had heart failure when I read it after having purchased a relatively large number of Upgrade versions for my company's upgrade from XP to 7, and thought briefly that the best case was I could return them and have to pay the difference to Full, and worst case that I was stuck with them and still had to buy the necessary Full copies. Luckily I thought to check before too much time had gone by, but I found it very hard to believe there would be a fundamental error like this, so I was very concerned.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 7th printing, Feb 2012.

Christopher English  Jan 05, 2012  Feb 17, 2012
Printed
Page 887
Third item under X

The page reference for XPS format should be 270 not 370.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in an earlier printing.

Rich  Nov 07, 2011  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 820
3rd para., under "Buying Windows 7"

The text states: "If your computer is currently running anything but Windows Vista, you h a v e to buy the Full version of Windows 7 and perform a clean install." The MS website, under <http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/shop/buying-windows-7-top-questions>, states, as question 5: "What's the difference between the upgrade and full versions of Windows 7?" with the answer: "Both the upgrade and full versions of Windows 7 include the same features. To install an upgrade version, you'll need either Windows XP or Windows Vista installed on your computer first. This is not the same thing as an "upgrade installation," which is a type of installation that keeps all the programs, files, and settings in place on your PC. For more information, see Upgrading to Windows 7: frequently asked questions." I have seen this stated elsewhere. Is it then false with respect to Windows XP, or has Microsoft revised the software so that it is now true?

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 7th printing, Feb 2012.

Anonymous  Oct 15, 2011  Feb 17, 2012
Printed
Page 32
very end of page

This isn't really an erratum, it's a suggested addition to Chap. 1 of the missing CD-ROM. In addition to CSMenuLauncher, I suggest you add as a retro replacement of the Start Menu the free, open-source Classic Shell (http://classicshell.sourceforge.net/). I recently discovered it and am grooving on it.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in the eighth printing, Sep 2012.

Dave Voelker  Jul 15, 2011  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 30
Tip box

The text says "Just type the first letter of a program or folder name ... to highlight the item ...." I open the programs list and press one key and another, but no highlights appear. Perhaps I've misnderstood the procedure. The arrow keys work fine, so (keyboard person that I am) I'm happy. But curious.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 7th printing, Feb 2012.

Deborah Murphy  Jul 03, 2011  Feb 17, 2012
Printed
Page 884
line 2

"Windows Live DVD Maker..." is in the wrong place; Instead of being on line 2 it should come after "Windows Live Calendar...", (about 2/3 down the page)

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

george  Jun 08, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 319
3rd paragraph

Set your default programs....", you want to open iTunes and not Windows Media Player. For details, see page 319" I am reading this ON page 319. I think the details needed are on a different page?

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Katherine M  Jun 07, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 754
4th paragraph

2nd paragraphs states ICS allows networking without a router. 4th paragraph then says gateway PC needs two connections, one to the Internet and, quoting now: "the other goes to the hub or the router to distribute the signal to the other computers". I thought we had gotten rid of the router.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Mar 19, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 750
Up To Speed Box

In box's first paragraph, it states that Ethernet 10BaseT is 10 megabits per second. In second paragraph, it states that Internet connection speed of 10 megabits per second is 5 to 10 times slower than slowest home network.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Mar 19, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
PDF
Page 672 and 822
near bottom of both pages

Norton no longer makes Partition Magic, which is recommended twice in the book. A good alternative is Paragon Partition Manager (http://tinyurl.com/49377b3).

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

dawnsft  Mar 09, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 832
last paragraph on the page

January 2011 4th printing "deletes everything on your computer" Simply not true. The target disk drive may have everything deleted but NOT everything on the computer. Change "computer" to "target disk or partition".

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Jan 18, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 401
2nd paragraph

The text says "You can read about the new Suggested Sites feature later in this chapter" I'm blowed if I can find anything about suggested sites later on in chapter 11 - or anywhere else. Have I missed something?

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Jan 17, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Other Digital Version
920-30
para 1, 3d line

"Manger" should be "Manager"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Michael Greene  Jan 17, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 753
Up To Speed box

Currently I have 2 Windows XP PCs connected with a crossover cable. I am reading your book in preparation for installing Windows 7 on one of these PCs and noticed on page 753 in the Up To Speed box PC-to-PC Micronetworks you mentioned that "(You can't create a wired ad-hoc network anymore, using an Ethernet crossover cable - only wireless)". I investigated the ability to use a crossover cable at the Microsoft Windows 7 Help & How-To web page and also the Microsoft Answers Windows 7 forum pages. Both indicated a crossover cable was indeed supported and included step-by-step instructions. The possibilities as outlined in these instructions included the ability to connect a Win 7 to another Win 7 PC; a Win 7 to a Vista PC; or a Win 7 to Win XP PC via a crossover cable.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

William Kiessling  Jan 15, 2011  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 13
3. 1. Line 2

"... Device Manger..." in the bolded part. Manger is the first word in the second line.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Sep 25, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 660
5th paragraph from top,

"Suppose your PC has 1 gigabyte of RAM and you add a 256-megabyte flash drive. That's an 8-to-1 ratio, ..." It should be "a 4-to-1 ratio"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

philip.l  Sep 22, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 722-723
722(2nd, 3rd, 4th Par), 723 (fig 23-6)

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/Create-a-password-reset-disk The above Microsoft website has a video of how to create the password reset disk. It doesn't give the option of using a CD, even though the website does say you can use a CD. Also, when starting the Wizard I was not able to see my CD drive as an option when trying to create the password recovery disk. I had to use a flash drive. But they are still claiming you can use a floppy disk (who has those anymore??) Please clarify... Thanks, Katie Apgar PS - The book is a wonderful resource for converting to Windows 7 after being a devoted XP user. I was lucky enough to skip Vista. Thank you for this help.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Sep 16, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 683
6th line from bottom, or 2nd paragraph from Bottom

The text 'If you see an option there to "Turn on BitLocker" (Figure 21-8)'... The correct Figure # should be 21-9.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Anonymous  Aug 28, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 10
Tip at bottom

Tip says: Start -> Control panel. Click "classic view" There was no "classic view"

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Harvey Lewis  Aug 23, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 13
5th paragraph

Manger should be Manager.

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Rudy Di Giosaffatte  Jun 26, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
Printed
Page 162
3rd point in the 4th paragraph

The book claims that shortcut combinations "must include Ctrl+Alt and another key." But actually Windows also accepts combinations Ctrl + Shift + another key and Alt + Shift + another key. Particularly the former can be useful since Shift is next to Ctrl.

Anonymous  Jun 13, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 689
Item 5 paragraph

Text reads, "...because it's where prorams like...".

Richard D. Goodkind  May 23, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 60
Second bulleted paragraph

Text reads, "...as described on page the following pages."

Richard D. Goodkind  May 23, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 27-28
fig 1-3

Unfortunately, I do not yet have a Windows 7 computer to refer to but have been reading the book in preparation of receiving one soon. My problem may just be my lack of concentration when reading but in Fig 1-3 it refers to the list below the pinned items on the left as "MOST FREQUENTLY USED". And, in text just above it explains this list is calculated by Windows day by day. Yet, at the top of the next page (page 28) a tip explains how to stop displaying a list of "most recently used". To me those are two different things, most frequently used and most recently used. Did I miss something important?

Note from the Author or Editor:
You're right! It's RECENTLY used, not FREQUENTLY used. I've fixed it... thank you!

Bob Cogliano  May 18, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 888
1st paragraph, 2nd sentence

The steps in 'thie' book... should it be 'this' book small, small typo

KO  May 05, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 822
last paragraph

Partition Magic is no longer available from Symantec. Also, even if you have the program, it won't install under Win7. A more in depth discussion of partitioning your current drive would be appreciated. Note that tools such as the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows do not seem to want to finish booting on a Win7 notebook.

Rob Zahora  Apr 28, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 595
Faxing (third paragraph)

Notes indicate faxing is only possible in Professional, Enterprise, and Ultimate Windows 7 versions. Not true. Faxing is available in all versions of Windows 7.

Jeff Knouse  Apr 24, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page Back Cover
Bottom Left

There's a typo in the ISBN on the back cover. The back cover shows the ISBN as 978-1-596-80639-2, but it should be 978-0-596-80639-2. The fourth digit should be a 0, not a 1.

Kathy Ceceri
Kathy Ceceri
 
Apr 19, 2010  Feb 17, 2012
Printed
Page 25
bottom, in 3rd paragraph on "the Windows experience index"

Typo " ... on a scale of one to 7.9 To find out...." missing period after 7.9 . Also, the two things i submitted for the PDF version also apply

Note from the Author or Editor:
Fixed in July 2011 reprint. Many thanks!

Bennett Schaffner  Apr 17, 2010  Jul 01, 2011
PDF
Page 271
Entire section on calculator

You describe the Windows 7 calculator as exactly the same as the windows vista calendar, though they are different. The windows 7 calc has 2 more modes, programmer and statistics, and real life examples for easy problem solving.

Note from the Author or Editor:
You are correct--thank you! Fixed in the 7th printing, Feb 2012.

Bennett Schaffner  Apr 15, 2010  Feb 17, 2012
Printed
Page 866
1st column

"F" is is used for the heading for index items beginning with "G"

Jennifer Whybrow  Apr 11, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 852
6th line from bottom

There should be a down arrow sign after the Winkey

Harold Rowe  Apr 11, 2010  Sep 12, 2012
Printed
Page 871
First column

In the index on page 871, in the first column, under "mouse" and 'wheel settings' it references page 352 it should be page 325. Thank you John

John Ohl  Apr 01, 2010  Sep 12, 2012